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Technical Graduate – Chemistry

Job Introduction

At NNL, our vision is to provide world-leading nuclear expertise and innovation. Do you have the driven technical talent to help us get there?


Our Technical Leadership Graduate Scheme will develop the next generation of technical experts. Not only will you receive the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects, but you’ll continually learn from skilled and knowledgeable industry experts who are leaders in their field.


We will help you become everything you can be, by challenging, stretching and pushing you to your limits while supporting you every step of the way.


Our dedicated Graduate programme supports all of our graduates in their personal development whilst working in our technical teams. As part of the programme you will even gain a qualification in Leadership and Management.


The two-year programme starts with a tailored, week-long induction programme to welcome you into the business, help you understand the breadth of what NNL does and describe the programme and what’s expected of you.


Working alongside fellow graduates, you will then embark on the training programme, with sessions every three months. You’ll learn project management, communication skills and nuclear insight while we help you develop your confidence in team working and public speaking. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the UK and global nuclear industry as well as internal research and development.

Role Responsibility

Graduate Chemists can fulfil a number of different roles within the NNL.


You could be based in a team with over 100 years of experience in the nuclear industry, working on experimental research and development related to actinide chemistry (particularly the transuranic actinides). You could be involved in reprocessing technologies, actinide behaviours in legacy pond wastes, plutonium materials and surface science and actinide coordination chemistry.


Graduate Chemists are involved in business development, product innovation, project delivery and environmental, safety, security and quality relating to projects in the industry.


Chemistry graduates may provide support to operating and future reactors systems through analysis of the chemistry occurring in the reactor coolant systems. This could be related to modelling or experiments to understand the movement of radioactive material and so the dose to operators or the impact of chemistry on the operation or corrosion of the reactor.


You may provide support across the nuclear fuel cycle through developing the understanding of radiation chemistry and the impact this might have on plants such as through production of flammable gases, degradation and corrosion of material or reduction in the efficiency of a process.

The Ideal Candidate

Naturally curious, you’ll have the drive and determination to discover more – about yourself and our business. Forward-thinking, proactive and positive, you’ll bring your own energy to the team and you’ll have an enquiring mind that helps us to discover solutions to the world’s biggest energy issues.

We’ll also expect you to have graduated, or be on course to graduate with a 2:1 or higher in Chemistry.

About the Company

We play a key role in the UK and global nuclear industry. That means reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. We're the only UK organisation with the skills, facilities and expertise to provide technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry. What's more, we pride ourselves on offering quality, value and service to every one of our customers.

National Nuclear Laboratory


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